It is no secret that Real Madrid have made it a mission to secure the signing of Jude Bellingham in the summer transfer window of 2023.
The Merengues are intent on signing a new top-quality midfielder as they look to transition from the veteran pairing of Luka Modric and Toni Kroos. And Bellingham has emerged as the top target for the Spanish capital giants.
Real Madrid have been hard at work to try and tie up the signing of the England international for months together now. And, according to MARCA, Los Blancos believe that they have done everything in their power to sign Bellingham.
Their efforts to sign Bellingham nearly pay off as reports have indicated that the 19-year-old is preferring a move to the Santiago Bernabeu. However, Bellingham has yet to give a definitive yes to the Merengues.
It is further stated that Bellingham is aware of the contractual details that Los Blancos would be offering him while he understands what it would mean to don the whites of Real Madrid.
At the same time, Real Madrid are aware of the competition that Manchester City offer in the race while they have not forgotten about Liverpool either, who remain in the hunt despite reports suggesting that they have moved on to other targets.
Dortmund, for their part, are preparing for the potential departure of Bellingham but would demand a fee in excess of €120 million for his services.
However, Real Madrid are of the idea that they will offer €100 million in fixed payments and cover the rest of it in variables and add-ons.
While the two clubs share a good relationship, negotiations will still be tricky as both parties would seek to benefit most from the deal. Everyone involved will seek a swift resolution to the matter and look to avoid a long-drawn saga.
Real Madrid intend to offer a one-year extension to veteran defender
With the 2023/24 season entering the final phase, planning for the summer window is already underway. And Real Madrid have several important decisions to make, not only regarding signings but also some of their current players.
A number of players have their contracts expiring at the end of the season and their futures will need to be resolved in the weeks to come.
While Luka Modric looks set to depart, Toni Kroos is expected to sign a renewal and Nacho Fernandez could also continue at the club. That leaves Lucas Vazquez, who also sees his contract run down on June 30, 2024.
Real Madrid intend to renew Vazquez
Now, MARCA is reporting that Real Madrid intend to offer Lucas Vazquez a one-year extension that will keep him at the club until 2025.
The La Fabrica product has done a brilliant job deputising for Dani Carvajal as the second-choice right-back and the Merengues are happy with what he has offered.
As such, the plan is now to offer Vazquez a new contract for an additional year which would prolong his stay at the Santiago Bernabeu until 2025.
So far this term, the Spaniard has featured in 26 matches across all competitions, even chipping in with a goal and four assists.
Vazquez might not be the biggest name on the roster, but he is seen as a valuable member of the dressing room, someone who is a model professional and acts as a conduit between the seniors and the younger members.
Vazquez enjoys the full trust of manager Carlo Ancelotti and the club, and as such, it will not come as a surprise to see him sign a new deal.